“…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.”
The body is Paul’s most common metaphor for the church of Christ.
Together, we are Christ’s Body, and we have the privilege and responsibility to be His physical representation on this earth.
Just as we express ourselves through our physical bodies, the Lord Jesus chooses to express Himself to a dark world through us.
What a risk!
But when Body-life in our local church is being lived out according to New Testament principles and by the power of the Holy Spirit, we should expect to see the following qualitative results:
the Body at Bethel will demonstrate spiritual health and growth.
unity will evidence itself in common faith and lack of disagreement, a joyful working together, and a singleness of purpose in all things.
unity will also be demonstrated in our fellowship with – and love for – the Lord Jesus, as individuals and as an assembly of His people. Because the vertical relationship with the “Father and with His Son” supports and strengthens the horizontal relationship with each other (1 John 1:3), our growth in knowledge and appreciation of Christ will also reinforce the fabric of unity and like-mindedness in our assembly.
spiritual maturity and Christ-likeness will be recognized and esteemed, and will characterize Christ-followers at Bethel.
What a privilege!
Takeaway: in our local Body-life, am I a force for health or sickness? function or dysfunction? progress or decline? encouragement or discouragement?